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Call for Directors (Calgary): 2017-2018 Season – Front Row Centre Players

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Call for Directors (Calgary): 2017-2018 Season – Front Row Centre Players

Front Row CentreFRC invites musical theatre proposals for 2017 – 2018 Season

Front Row Centre Players (FRC) invites directors to make proposals for shows to be produced during 2017-2018 season. We encourage directors experienced in musical theatre to submit proposals (following the guidelines below) to Joey Sayer, Artistic Director at Front Row Centre Players.


FRC produces several musicals each year (Jekyll & Hyde, Reefer Madness, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Little Shop of Horrors in our current season; and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Who’s Tommy, Catch Me if You Can, and South Pacific  in our previous season) and has been producing musicals since 1987. A full list of shows produced by FRC can be found on our website.

If accepted, we cannot guarantee the time of year that your show will be produced. The shows may be produced any time between September, 2017 and June, 2018.

We are looking to produce four shows during this season. For this season, we are looking for shows with name recognition, reputation and the ability to encourage patron attendance. We are aiming to produce three medium-sized shows (with a cast size of over 10 and less than 30, and one show with a smaller cast size (under ten) and overall simpler (but still professional) production values.

For our upcoming season, we are inviting potential directors to propose a minimum of three possible shows for Front Row Centre to consider directing. The shows must fall into any or all of the following possible categories:

  1. Classic shows dating back to the 1960s and earlier, which have become standards, will resonate with an older audience and will give the opportunity to introduce these works to a newer audience. Examples of classic shows include Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, Mame, Damn Yankees!, The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Gypsy, Cabaret, The Fantasticks, West Side Story, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, and others.
  2. Modern shows from the late 1960s onwards, that show the evolution of the musical theatre and may feature more contemporary scores and possibly lesser-known works. Examples of modern shows include Grease, Company, Chess, Spring Awakening, Starmites!, Falsettos, Chicago, Merrily We Roll Along, Next to Normal, Batboy: The Musical, The Addams Family – A New Musical, [title of show], Carrie the Musical, Reefer Madness, and others.
  3. Shows with Movie/Television tie-ins which feature shows that have been (or will be) adapted into movies that resonate with today’s audience, or movies or TV shows from the last couple decades that have been adapted into musicals. Shows of this type include, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, La Cage Aux Folles, Victor/Victoria, Into the Woods, A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, Fame, Happy Days, Les Misérables (the Complete Edition), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Clue, High Fidelity, and others.
  4. Shows unproduced on the Calgary Community Theatre Stage that may have been seen before in Calgary on the professional or semi-professional stage but which are new to Calgary Community Theatre. Shows of this type currently include, City of Angels, Steel Piersome of the shows that are listed in the above movie/TV category, and many others.

PLEASE NOTE that shows that have been produced by FRC within the last 10 years or on the Calgary Community Theatre stage in the last 5 years will NOT be considered. Shows which do not have performance rights that can be secured by January 2017 also cannot be considered. For a list of previous shows produced by FRC, visit our website.

Feel free to use the shows mention above in your proposal (if they fall into the above guidelines), but don’t feel required to limit yourself to just those.


  • A brief history of your experience as a director;
  • AT LEAST three shows from any or all of the above categories (please note that we will not be selecting more than one show from your proposals, and the shows do not have to relate to each other);
  • Why the shows you selected resonate with you, and why you think they would be appropriate choices for FRC to produce.
  • Please note that part of this proposal process is to “sell” the show for FRC’s consideration. A proposal with thought put into it will be more likely to make an impact than a two-sentence “I’d like to do this show” statement.

PROPOSALS MUST BE EMAILED BY: Midnight, November 30, 2016 to Proposals can be sent as an attachment or put into the body of the email.

The Artistic Director will then contact Directors with proposal packages that intrigue them and which may have potential for the new season. At this point we will discuss directing one of the shows proposed. (Note: You may be asked to direct a show that is not on your list if the Artistic Director feels that we would like to work with you, but the shows you submitted are not quite what we are looking for). At this meeting, we will also discuss the opportunity to mentor potential new directors, if appropriate.

In our considerations, we will be looking for a balance of family-friendly and “Hot!” shows, a balance of male and female directors as well as encouraging new directors who have not directed for Front Row Centre Players before.

Please note: We are looking for directors who have either previously directed for Front Row Centre Players or who have an established history of having directed musical theatre in Calgary. New directors to FRC may be teamed with an experienced FRC director to gain FRC-specific experience.

If you are interested in directing for us but do not fit the above, FRC is committed to including and introducing new people into the theatre. Individuals with little or no experience in directing are encouraged to express their interest in our mentorship program wherein we will connect you with our primary director to establish an assistant director/mentorship relationship.

Any questions can also be addressed to the Artistic Director at All proposals will be considered by the Artistic Director, and recommendations will be put forth to the FRC Board to be made official. FRC will work to secure rights and negotiate royalties. When all rights are secured, all submitters will be contacted to inform them that a decision as to the new season has been made, and that a season announcement will be forthcoming. This process may take until the end of January, or possibly beyond.

Thank you for your interest in Front Row Centre Players!

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